stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Strange stuff. My first experience with Flemish sour ale. And boy, is it sour. Very interesting, though, and I love the color. I do detect some dark malts in the vinegary aroma. MUCH better as it warms. I suspect the kids would go ga-ga over this one, being that is as least as sour as those super sour gummies.
Fantastic. Strong woody aromas with a cherry candy background. Flavors of lactic infection and candy. Unique beer that is thoroughly refreshing. One of my favorites.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mohogany w/red highlights and lasting beige head. Sour/lactic aromas from the start, light toasted malt beyond that w/ some hints of diacetyl and an oak woodiness; also lightly musty. Very sour when chilled, turns well balanced to even a little sweet as it warms. Vinous fruit in the mid palate and into the finish which is lightly tart and semi dry; light dicetyl and hop flavor in the aftertaste. There is also a little earthy malt character. Moderately high carbonation, I thought it would be higher, medium bodied, and dry mouthfeel. I was not quite sure what to expect from this one since it is not my favorite style of beer, but I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I did. I can't handle more than one or two at a time, or very often, but this was a very good change of pace for me.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little too sweet for what I'm used to with a good Flemish Sour. However, the aroma is nice and tart and of cherries. I need to be making an ugly face in order to prove that an ale is sour enough, and this just doesn't do it.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour cherry, whiskey, and fresh grape wine aroma. Translucent dark brown color. Highly carbonated which stings your tongue and leaves a tart bitter finish which follows the very winey, vinegar, and malty flavor. Flavor also hints at tomatoes and a very woody whiskey. Lacks slightly in the assertiveness of the flavor.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! Am I surprised. I didn't think I'd like this beer, but I am indeed surprised. 11.2 oz. brown, slender long necked bottle. The best before date is 10/06/04. Poured out a deep cherry red color, almost mahogany color. Slight cream colored head to it that hung around for the trip. Served in my Rodenbach glass. Appropriate glassware I believe. Aromas of gueuze, lactic wheat malt, oak barrels, slight vinegar aroma dissipated soon after pouring. Highly carbonated, tingly on the tongue. Tart, tangy, and delicious. A great beer for something I just happened upon. I'd definitely have this again.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is cherries, plum, caramel, and vinegar. Pours a clear red-brown color, off-white head leaves good lacing. Flavor is on the sweet side, malt being prominent, there is some Belgian yeast spiciness, and a nice acetic sourness comes through in the end. Medium body. A refreshing and tasty sweet-n-sour Belgian beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Funky sweet and sour taste if that's possible. Vinegar like. Nice dark red color with tiny head. Tastes like a mild chocolate covered cherries that were packed in a tin case. Actually quite good. Can't wait to try the aged version.
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice looking flemish, with a a murky burgundy color and a reasonable head. Nose was quite unique, as was the flavor. Very reminiscient of REAL cherries, as opposed to the candy or sweet cherry flavors you sometimes get in beers. An odd beer, even for the style.
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 Bottle pours reddish brown with an abundant fawn colored head, very well carbonated this one is. The aroma of this one is very unique and enjoyable. Faint smell of vinegar, some vanilla, apple butter, raisin, and sweet cherries. Lacing is very prominent. Initial taste is wonderful, sweet cherries, a bit of vinegar. It also would seem as if its been aged in oak barrels as it has that distinctive oak flavor. Perhaps a bit of citrus in there, sweetened grapefruit. Did I mention sweet? Not sure why this is a sour, because it sure is sweet (not tangy), AND delicious. Mouthfeel is exceptional, full bodied, adequate carbonation. I really hate to swallow this one so early. Finish is smooth and sweet. This is a fantastic Ale. I may just have to pick up some more of this.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown, moderate tan head, some lacing. Aroma of vinegar, fruit, apple, raisin, grape. Sweet pleasant flavor, some grape and plum, nice sour finish.